This is definitely a ‘read all about it’ news stunner. We are accustomed to reading tabloid headlines about how Manchester United will splurge megabucks to sign players.
But latest reports in The Telegraph, no less, state that Louis van Gaal will be given similar amounts to spend on the Manchester United team again next summer:
Louis van Gaal will be handed in excess of £100 million by Manchester United to recruit at least four major signings next summer with the club prepared to repeat this year’s huge investment in the squad.
The report suggests that Manchester United could target Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, Atlético Madrid centre-half Diego Godín, Mats Hummels or Dortmund and Southampton’s right back Nathaniel Clyne.
Meanwhile The Daily Mail goes with a similar headline but they reckon that the spend will encompass Arjen Robben, Dani Alves and Strootman.
Whichever way you look at it, this smacks of a club who are changing their transfer policy in an attempt to stay with the leading pack in the world game. The massive spend last summer was seen buy some as a desperate final attempt to remain competitive, while at the same time emptying the coffers. But, if there is substance to the reports – and we have to believe there is with The Telegraph weighing in, then it looks more like the beginning of a long term policy.
As long as Manchester United are balancing the books at the same time then we can only envisage a very exciting period indeed ahead for the club.
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